Israel is facing its worst drought in a decade.
The Water Authority announced this week that due to low precipitation, high irrigation consumption and pollution, the amount of usable water supplies in the country were at a 10-year low.
By year’s end, the authority said, the Sea of Galilee’s level looks likely to drop below the so-called “black line,” when pumping will have to stop as the machinery will no longer be submerged.
Officials said Israel may soon ration water, a measure last imposed in the late 1990s. The authority, meanwhile, is pressing ahead with desalination projects aimed at supplementing lost water supplies.